Tired of bland white walls or had enough of the 1970s shag carpet in your bedroom?
Perhaps it’s time for a remodel; maybe one that can give you real bang for your buck.
To possibly help increase the sale of your home, here are a few home improvement ideas that might give you the biggest return on your investment.
Quick, Cheap, Kitchen Remodel
Realtors will be the first to tell you that kitchens and baths are what ultimately sell a home. With that said, keep in mind an outdated kitchen can do the exact opposite. However, there are ways to make yours updated and inviting without spending tons of cash for a complete overhaul.
First, replace basic black appliances with Stainless Steel versions and nix the laminate countertops for granite. As for affordable replacement appliances, hunt for discounted ones at an outlet or local “scratch-and-dent” store — where slighty dented pieces are affordable.
Also, refinish or repaint dull cabinetry and add updated hardware including new hinges and drawer pulls, which can instantly transform the look of any kitchen. Opt for colors and styles that are likely to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers and make them feel as if they’ve walked into their dream kitchen.
Most buyers envision themselves relaxing in an upgraded, sleek bathroom, so why not give them one? Basic upgrades start with removing old pastel, ceramic tiles for modern white subway-style ceramic or tiles in a neutral hue.
How about the sink? You may not need to replace an old pedestal sink, but instead, change out the faucet — upgrade it from nickel-plated brass to a shiny chrome — and add fluffy new towels. Another easy upgrade is to change out tile; choose a new paint color to enhance rather than clash. Opt for colors and styles that are universally appealing to all buyers. Make sure the bathroom is clean from ceiling to floor, and remove yellowed grout and toothpaste blobs in the sink.
Choose Neutral Paint Colors
Go for whites and neutrals so potential buyers see themselves in the space. Don’t go bold, choose lighter earth tones as they look good with hardwood floors, and white easily brightens any room. If your rooms include mixed wood surfaces (floors, doors, and cabinets), select a neutral color.
Similar to paint, flooring can change the overall ambiance of any of your rooms. Hardwood is always appealing to a wide range of buyers, as are high-quality laminate options, and eco-friendly bamboo and cork choices. If you already have nice flooring like hardwood under carpeting, show them off. On the flip side, if your floors are a mess, they can turn buyers off. So, if you’re not a DIY person, go with a pro.
Kitchens and baths with tile or laminate flooring are visually appealing and easy to clean. Carpeting is fine in bedrooms, especially if it’s plush, in good condition, and in a neutral color.
Increase Curb Appeal
Once you’ve tackled the interior remodel, do address the home’s exterior. If buyers don’t like what they see when they first arrive, they may not get out of the car. To make the outside more attractive to potential buyers, make sure walkways are clear, landscaping is maintained, and in general everything is in good repair. This may require more work such as repainting or replacing siding, fixing loose shutters, and sealing ugly cracks in the driveway. It may also be as simple as mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and planting a few colorful flowers in the beds to give some overall pizzazz.
Lastly, add one or two final touches, like a new welcome mat, new or repainted mailbox, updated house numbers, and an outdoor seating area with bright lights. With these tips, your home will seem more inviting and you may get an offer sooner than anticipated!